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[doo r-uh-tiv, dyoo r-]
adjective Grammar.
  1. noting or pertaining to a verb aspect expressing incomplete or continued action. Beat and walk are durative in contrast to strike and step.
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Origin of durative

First recorded in 1885–90; durat(ion) + -ive
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Examples from the Web for durative

Historical Examples of durative

  • “Let him pray,” let him pray as a habit (present tense of durative action).

    Studies in the Epistle of James

    A. T. Robertson

  • The tense of the verb (present durative) implies that some of them had been doing precisely this thing.

  • For the use of the durative passive forms see the entry under paga-un.

  • Durative forms: future and subjunctive magpaN-(→); past nagpaN-(→).

British Dictionary definitions for durative


  1. denoting an aspect of verbs that includes the imperfective and the progressive
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    1. the durative aspect of a verb
    2. a verb in this aspect
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